Dancing With The Stars is a piping-hot expose of how coast-to-coast dance-studio chains sweet-talk lonely ladies out of lots of lucre via methods that are unethical and, sometimes, illegal. Whether the student ever learns to waltz or tango is incidental. The one vital concern of the studios revolves around: "How much dough has this old broad got and how can we transfer it from her bank account to ours?" "All of it!" is frequently the answer. Some students have been beguiled into turning over their life savings to the studios. Many have paid $50,000, $100,000 and more for the privilege of taking dance lessons. One studio hit the jackpot to the tune of $250,000 from one dance-eager dame. These figures are not fanciful or exceptional. B. C. Tarvin, who for twenty years has been a dance instructor, studio counselor and manager, spells out the larcenous practices of the studios in these pages. He illustrates his points with case histories, using only fictional names and places. Mr. Tarvin tells his story with anger. Because he could no longer stomach their practices, he has now quit the studios. He also proposes legislation that would eliminate their corrupt operations. Anyone taking dancing lessons from big-name studios should find this book "must" reading.
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